Confidence that the Australian opposition might come up with a politician that knew a little bit about technology and did not do things that would turn the country into an IT snooping haven have been dashed.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott admitted that he did not understand his communications spokesman Tony Smith’s broadband policy.
He told hacks that he was “No Bill Gates and I don’t claim to be any kind of tech head”. After all voters who know a little bit about technology like being called “tech heads” in the same way that Aussie politicians like being called “d**k heads”.
Apparently Abbott missed the briefing when Smith announced the policy which was to guarantee minimum broadband speeds of 12 megabits per second (mbps) for 97 per cent of homes.
In fact it was fairly clear that he did not really know anything at all. Hacks asked him what his broadband network’s peak speed of 12mbps actually meant.
“If you are going to get me into a technical argument, I’m going to lose it because I am not a tech head,” he said. ”We are offering 12 and up … but in the vast majority of cases it will be a lot more than that, a lot faster than that.”
Abbott said the coalition would deliver a ”good” broadband scheme that was quicker and cheaper than Labor’s offering.
The government’s campaign spokesman, Chris Bowen said that Abbott didn’t seem embarrassed by the fact that he doesn’t understand the policy.
Although Bowen did not seem embarrassed that his party wants to use broadband to spy on Australians and set up the largest censored Internet network outside China.